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Competitive bicyclist breaks bones after ‘vicious’ dog attack, blames owner

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An 83-year-old bicyclist sustained multiple broken bones last year after an unleashed dog chased him down and pulled him off his bike in South Pasadena.

Charles Kleim is now suing the dog’s owner.

On Oct. 14, 2015, Kleim — an accountant who was training as a competitive cyclist — was riding his bicycle through his neighborhood. While passing a home on South Shore Drive, Kleim faced what he called a “vicious” dog, which took off after the bike.

Ultimately, the animal, owned by David Bricketto, 21, grabbed Kleim and pulled him off.

Although the dog managed to pull Kleim down, it did not physically bite him, explaining why records show no dog-bite citation was issued.

Bricketto called 911. By the time police arrived, he had secured the dog.

Kleim was transported to Bayfront Medical in St. Petersburg, where he was treated for a broken collarbone and femur along with lacerations and abrasions. Medical bills totaled $38,000.

Kleim’s attorney, Peter Sartes, told Baylawsuits that Bricketto was in the process of moving out of his late grandmother’s home, and was loading boxes in his car at the time of the attack.

As the dog’s owner, Kleim is suing Bricketto for strict liability and negligence.

The complaint says Bricketto must have known about his dog’s aggressive tendencies. Therefore, he should have had the dog restrained and put up warning signs.

Kleim seeks $120,000 for medical and incidental expenses, as well as for damages for loss of income, impairment of earning ability, and costs for suing.

A competitive cyclist, Kleim placed third in his age group at a bike race in Charlotte County March 20.

Kleim lives on South Shore Drive near the scene of the accident.


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